FantasyShattered Soul Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, cant help, andLindsey, Mary everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that shesPages: 326 a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.FIC LINThe Casual Vacancy When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is,Rowling, J.K. seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is aPages: 503 town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers atFIC ROW war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?Skellig After moving into a new house, Michael discovers Skellig, the man-owl-angel who lies motionless behind the tea chests inAlmond, David the abandoned garage. As disturbing as this discovery is, it is the least of Michaels worries. The new house is a mess, hisPages: 182 parents are distracted, and his brand-new baby sister is seriously ill. Still, he cant get this mysterious creature out ofFIC ALM his mind – even as he wonders if he has really seen him at all.Tithe Sixteen-year-old Kaye Fierch is not human, but she doesnt know it. Sure, she knows shes interacted with faeries sinceBlack, Holly she was little – but she never imagined she was one of them. Kaye spends most of her time taking care of a would-be rockPages: 331 star mom, but when her moms latest boyfriend turns homicidal, they return to Grams house at the New JerseyFIC BLA shore where Kaye hooks up with childhood friend Janet and her gay brother, Corny Stone.Ironside In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roibens coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent UnseelieBlack, Holly Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing – her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herselfPages: 323 to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye cant see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the oneFIC BLA thing she knows doesnt exist: a faerie who can tell a lie.
The Child Thief Born of faerie blood, Peter hunts abandoned children, runaways and the hopeless, recruiting for his Devils in AvalonBrom and promising them a place where you never have to grow up. He conveniently fails to mention that Avalons monstersPages: 481 are very real, and the Devils must practice their war games or risk being tortured to death, eaten or worse.FIC BROThe Blue Girl Seventeen-year-old Imogene decides to reinvent herself after moving to a new town with her family, hoping to leave behindde Lint, Charles her tough, rebellious nature, befriending the high school outcast and trying her best to avoid trouble, but when shePages: 368 gets on the wrong side of a gang of malicious fairies, Imogene finds herself in more trouble than ever before.FIC DEOne Hundred Years The story follows 100 years in the life of Macondo, a villageof Solitude founded by José ArcadioBuendía and occupied by descendants all sporting variations on their progenitorsGarcia Marquez, name: his sons, José Arcadio and Aureliano, and grandsons,Gabriel Aureliano José, Aureliano Segundo, and José Arcadio Segundo. Then there are the women – the two Úrsulas, aPages: 417 handful of Remedios, Fernanda, and Pilar – who struggle to remain grounded even as their men build castles in the air.FIC GARRunemarks Seven oclock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins have been at the cellarHarris, Joanne again. Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, faeries, magic—all ofPages: 526 these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The “ruinmark”FIC HAR she was born with on her palm proves it—and makes the other villagers fearful and suspicious that she is a witch.Sign of the Raven Tomwould rather be home in Dorset enjoying his summer vacation and hanging out with his mates. Instead, his cancer-Hearn, Julie stricken mother has driven them both to London to stay with her estranged mother. As soon as they arrive, Tom begins toPages: 328 hear voices from across the gap, a time portal in the basement of his grandmothers house. Tom enters their 18th-FIC HEA century world and, with the assistance of some 21st-century technology, helps to free them from their oppressive lives.
The Foretelling Growing up the daughter of an Amazon queen who shuns her because she is the product of a rape, Rain struggles to find herHoffman, Alice identity and prove herself. She rebels against the ways of her tribe through her sister-like relationship with Lo and herPages: 182 feelings for a boy from a tribe of wanderers.FIC HOFA Wrinkle in Time Meg Murry, her brother Charles, and their friend Calvin, embark on a journey through space and time, assisted byL’Engle, Madeleine three otherworldly women, when they set out to find Megs father, a physicist who disappeared while experimenting withPages: 245 time travel.FIC LENFloating Islands When Trei loses his family in a tragic disaster, he must search out distant relatives in a new land with the majestic FloatingNeumeier, Rachel Islands. Trei is instantly sky-mad, and desperate to be a kajurai himself. The only one who fully understands hisPages: passion is Araene, his newfound cousin. Prickly, sarcastic, and gifted, Araene has a secret of her own. Trei and AraeneFIC NEU quickly become conspirators as they pursue their individual paths.Sabriel After receiving a cryptic message from her father, Abhorsen, a necromancer trapped in Death, 18-year-old Sabriel sets offNix, Garth into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits,Pages: 491 Mordicants, and Shadow Hands. Sabriel, who has taken on her fathers title and duties, must now slip over the borderFIC NIX into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living.East In the rural villages of Norway, there is an ancient belief that children inherit the qualities of the direction in which they arePattou, Edith born. Nymah Rose, the last daughter of eight siblings born to a poor mapmaker and his superstitious wife, was a North-Pages: 507 born baby. North-born babies are wild, unpredictable, and destined to break their mothers hearts because they all leaveFIC PAT home to travel to the far ends of the earth. Rose’s mother lied and told her she had been born of the East, but destiny cannot be denied.
The Children of With the lands of Middle-earth populated by Men and otherHurin humanoid races: Elves, Dwarves, and Orcs, as well as divine beings, Maiar and Valar. This story concentrates on a Man ofTolkien, J.R.R. the House of Hador, TúrinTurambar, and his sister NiënorNíniel, who are cursed along with their father Húrin byPages: 320 the Dark Lord Morgoth. The events take place more than 6,500 years before the War of the Ring.FIC TOLThe Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of the "little people.” He is, like most of his kind, well off, well fed, and best pleasedTolkien, J. R. R. when sitting by his own fire with a pipe, a glass of good beer, and a meal to look forward to. When Gandalf the Grey invitesPages: 320 him on an adventure, he feverishly refuses, but before he can even grab his hat or an umbrella, Bilbo Baggins is swept outFIC TOL his door and into a dangerous adventure. Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to eachSoulbound other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons wounds inBrewer, Heather the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. Kaya must learnPages: 394 in secret how to fight, but she is Bound to a Barron who is unwilling to teach her.FIC BRE Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. One night she takes a lateWake night swim when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on theHocking, Amanda cove. After joining them, she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different. Her new powersPages: 309 come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—orFIC HOC entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.
Historical FictionAshes Berlin, 1932. Thirteen-year-old Gabriella Schramms world is slowly, but steadily, crumbling as Adolf Hitler rises to power.Lasky, Kathryn The only thing that soothes Gabriella is her favorite pastime- reading. But then her countrys tensions rise, the streets fillPages: 320 with soldiers, Gabys sisters boyfriend raises his arm in a heil Hitler salute, and a family friend-Albert Einstein-flees theFIC LAS country. And her only solace-her books-come under attack.Bring up the Bodies The sequel to Hilary Mantels 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall delves into the heartMantel, Hilary of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne BoleynPages: 407 Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him aFIC MAN son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.The Fitzosbornes Sophie FitzOsborne and the royal family of MontmarayAt War escaped their remote island home when the Nazis attacked. But as war breaks out in England and around the world,Cooper, Michelle nowhere is safe. Sophie fills her journal with tales of a life during wartime. Blackouts and the Blitz. Dancing in nightclubsPages: 552 with soliders on leave. And endlessly waiting for news of her brother Toby, whose plane was shot down over enemyFIC COO territory.The Kitchen Boy Narrated by 94-year-old Mikhail Semyanov, a Russian immigrant now living outside Chicago, the novel travels back toAlexander, Robert the bloody days of the Russian revolution, when the entire Romanv family is imprisoned in Siberia. There, the sevenPages: 229 Romanovs-Tsar Nikolai, his wife Aleksandra, their son, Aleksei, and their four daughters are confined with a small staff ofFIC ALE attendants, including Leonka, the kitchen boy of the title, who may or may not be narrator Mikhail.
Chains Set in New York City at the beginning of the American Revolution, Chains addresses the price of freedom both for aAnderson, Laurie nation and for individuals. Isabel tells the story of her life as aHalse slave. She was sold with her five-year-old sister to a cruel Loyalist family even though the girls were to be free upon thePages: 316 death of their former owner.FIC ANDThe Pox Party Octavian, a young African American, and his mother, an African princess, are kept isolated on an estate, and only as he growsAnderson, M. T. older does he realize that while he is well dressed and well fed, he is a captive being used by his guardians as part of anPages: 351 experiment to determine the intellectual acuity of Africans. Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle hisFIC AND experiences from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up during the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.The Kingdom on After escaping a death sentence in the summer of 1775,the Waves Octavian and his tutor find shelter but no safe harbor in British- occupied Boston and, persuaded by Lord DunmoreâsAnderson, M. T. proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join his counterrevolutionary Royal Ethiopian Regiment, Octavian andPages: 555 his friends soon find themselves engaged in naval raids on the Virginia coastline as the Revolutionary War breaks out in fullFIC AND force.Wish You Well In 1940, after a car accident kills Lou and Ozs father and leaves their mother Amanda in a catatonic trance, the children findBaldacci, David themselves sent from New York City to their great- grandmother Louisas farm in Virginia. Louisas hardscrabblePages: 420 existence comes as a profound shock to precocious Lou and her shy brother. Still struggling to absorb their abandonment,FIC BAL they enter gamely into a life that tests them at every turn--and offers unimaginable rewards.What I Saw and In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war andHow I Lied family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold onBlundell, Judy Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her familyPages: 284 forever.FIC BLU
The Boy in the Bruno’s father has received a promotion and the family mustStriped Pyjamas move from their home to a new house far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. Bruno longs to be anBoyne, John explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than what meets the eye. While exploring his newPages: 215 environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meetingFIC BOY results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.O Pioneers! The book takes place on the plains of Nebraska in the late 19th Century as the Prairie is settled by immigrants trying to make aCather, Willa living from what appears to be a harsh, inhospitable land. The heroine of the book is Alexandra, daughter of a SwedishPages: 230 immigrant farmer in Nebraska. She inherits the family farm and finds love with an old friend.FIC CATGirl With a Pearl In a thrilling emulation of Jan Vermeers artistic style, TracyEarring Chevalier uses scenes drawn from everyday life and painstaking attention to detail to tell the story of Griet, a 16-Chevalier, Tracy year-old girl who is required by her familys misfortunes to become a maid in the Vermeer household. This book imaginesPages: 233 the young woman in the mysterious painting "The Girl With a Pearl Earring" as a sixteen-year-old Dutch girl named Griet whoFIC CHE sparks the interest of the artist when she becomes a maid in his turbulent household.My Brother Sam is All his life, Tim Meeker has looked up to his brother Sam. SamsDead smart and brave -- and is now a part of the American Revolution. Not everyone in town wants to be a part of theCollier, James rebellion. Most are supporters of the British -- including Tim and Sams father. With the war soon raging, Tim knows hellPages: 216 have to make a choice – between the Revolutionaries and the Redcoats . . . and between his brother and his father.FIC COLThe Great Santini Set in the time of the Vietnam War, this story is about Bull Meecham. He’s all Marine-fighter pilot, king of the clouds, andConroy, Pan absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife—beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her coolPages: 480 head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete who’s best never satisfies the big man. Ben’s gotFIC CON to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn’t give in—not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son.
The Last of the Hawkeye, a young frontier scout, and Chingachgook, aMohicans Mohican Indian, form an unlikely friendship as they attempt to guide two sisters through hostile country in search of theirCooper, James father. The chase is vividly described as going throughFenimore picturesquely described forests, swirling waters, caves, and Indian villages. The English had managed to vanquish most ofPages: 562 the native Indians, but there were still some tribes who attempted to maintain their independence. It is actionFIC COO packed, romantic and adventurous, set during the peak of the French and Indian War in America.The Red Badge of The story revolves around Henry Fleming, a member of theCourage 304th regiment of the Union Army. At the start of the novel Henry is eager to show his patriotism in battle but when facedCrane, Stephen with the savagery of death he flees the frontline. Throughout the novel Henry struggles with his courage in the face of thePages: 138 horror of war. The Red Badge of Courage is a timeless realistic depiction of the psychological turmoil of war from theFIC CRA perspective of an ordinary soldier.Private Captain Twelve-year-old Ben sets off secretly from Lancaster to find his older brother, Reuben, an officer in the 106th PennsylvaniaCrisp, Marty Company A, and bring him back to run the family store after their fathers death. Ben is joined by Reubens dog Captain, anPages: 293 extremely loyal and capable hunter with "the best nose in three counties.” They encounter burning bridges, shooting,FIC CRI deserters, and wounded. All the while they are heading to the Battle of Gettysburg, where they realize the enormity of war.Bud, Not Buddy Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home andCurtis, Christopher sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father – thePaul renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. Guided only by a flier for one of Calloways shows, Bud sets off to trackPages: 245 down his supposed dad, a man hes never laid eyes on.FIC CURTallgrass Thirteen-year-old Rennie Stroud finds her hometown of Tallgrass, Colorado, changed forever when the governmentDallas, Sandra builds a Japanese internment camp in the rural area and the prisoners become the target of the townspeople who believePages: 305 Japanese-Americans are the enemy. Rennies obvious love of family slowly extends itself to the Japanese house and fieldFIC DAL helpers the Strouds receive permission to hire.
Corelli’s Mandolin In the early days of WWII, before Benito Mussolini invaded Greece, Dr. Iannis practices medicine on the island ofDe Bernieres, Louis Cephalonia, accompanied by his daughter, Pelagia, to whom he imparts much of his healing art. It isnt long before Pelagia getsPages: 437 involved in a heated affair with a man on the enemy’s side. Love is complicated enough in wartime, even when the loversFIC DE are on the same side. And for Corelli and Pelagia, it becomes increasingly difficult to negotiate the minefield of allegiance.The Red Tent The red tent is the place where women gathered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and even illness. Like theDiamant, Anita conversations and mysteries held within this feminine tent, this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insiders look at the daily lifePages: 321 of a biblical sorority of mothers and wives and their one and only daughter, Dinah. Told in the voice of Jacobs daughterFIC DIA Dinahwe are privy to the fascinating feminine characters who bled within the red tent.Copper Sun The story begins with a 15-year-old African girls journey through American slavery. Beginning in Amaris Ashanti village,Draper, Sharon the idyllic scene explodes in bloodshed when slavers arrive and murder her family. Amari and her beloved, Besa, are shackled,Pages: 314 and so begins the account of impossible horrors from the slave fort, the Middle Passage, and auction on American shores,FIC DRA where a rice plantation owner buys Amari for his 16-year-old sons sexual enjoyment.The Pillars of the Set in twelfth-century England this book tells the story ofEarth Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world hasFollett, Ken known, Tom, the mason who becomes his architect-a man divided in his soul, of the beautiful and elusive Lady Aliena,Pages: 983 haunted by a secret shame, and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother againstFIC FOL brother.Johnny Tremain This story of a tragically injured young silversmith who ends up knee-deep in the American Revolution is inspiring, exciting, andForbes, Esther sad. Winner of the prestigious Newbery Award in 1944, Esther Forbess story has lasted these 50-plus years by includingPages: 269 adventure, loss, courage, and history in a wonderfully written, very dramatic package.FIC FOR
Cold Mountain Inman, a wounded Confederate soldier, leaves the hospital where he is being treated and determines to walk home to hisFrazier, Charles sweetheart Ada, only to find the land and the girl he remembers are as changed by the war as he is. This book is aPages: 356 journey, a voyage through time and space and an exploration of the human spirit. For Inman, the torturous wanderings testFIC FRA his will to survive. For Ada, putting down roots opens a new life of discipline and learning.Memoirs of a Nitta Sayuri, a young Japanese woman who was taken from herGeisha home at the age of nine and sold into slavery as a geisha, discovers a rare opportunity for freedom when the outbreak ofGolden, Arthur World War II forces an end to the only life she has ever known.Pages: 434FIC GOLSummer of my Minutes before the train pulled into the station in Jenkinsville,German Soldier Arkansas, Patty Bergen knew something exciting was going to happen. But she never could have imagined that her summerGreene, Bette would be so memorable. German prisoners of war have arrived to make their new home in the prison camp in Jenkinsville. ToPages: 230 the rest of her town, these prisoners are only Nazis. But to Patty, a young Jewish girl with a turbulent home life, one boy inFIC GRE particular becomes an unlikely friend.White Ghost Girls While their father is away photographing the war in Vietnam, 13-year-old Kate, the books, and her big sister, Frances, revelGreenway, Alice in the simple life of Pok Fu Lam village. Their mother, on the other hand, spends her time pining for their absent father andPages: 168 painting watercolors that picture grassy western knolls. As Frances grows wilder, Kate is forced to look more closely atFIC GRE their fathers growing addiction to war reporting and their mothers lack of engagement with her surroundings and family.Days of Infamy In this story of the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the notorious gambler Yamamoto is pitted against the equally legendaryGringrich, Newt American admiral Bill Halsey in a battle of wits, nerve, and skill. Days of Infamy recounts this alternative history from aPages: 369 multitude of viewpoints – from President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and the two great admirals, on down toFIC GRI American pilots flying antiquated aircraft, bravely facing the vastly superior Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft.
Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor covers the full spectrum of characters and events from that historic moment, from national leaders and admiralsGringrich, Newt to the views of ordinary citizens caught in the chaos of war. From the chambers of the Emperor of Japan to the AmericanPages: 384 White House, from the decks of aircraft carriers to the playing fields of the Japanese Naval Academy, this story portrays theFIC GRI horrific brutality of war, and the desperate efforts of men of reason on both sides.A Time to Kill In Clanton, Mississippi, the life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. TheGrisham, John mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her black father acquires an assault riflePage: 515 and takes justice into his own outraged hands.FIC GRIWater For When Jacob jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world ofElephants freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression. A veterinary studentGruen, Sara who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there he meets Marlena, thePages: 350 beautiful star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meetsFIC GRU Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.Snow Falling on Set on an island in the straits north of Puget Sound, inCedars Washington, where everyone is either a fisherman or a berry farmer, the story is nominally about a murder trial. But sinceGuterson, David its set in the 1950s, lingering memories of World War II, internment camps and racism helps fuel suspicion of aPages: 460 Japanese-American fisherman, a lifelong resident of the islands.FIC GUTSarah Presents a novel based on the life of the Old Testament character Sarah, the daughter of a powerful lord who employsHalter, Marek drastic measures in an attempt to avoid an arranged marriage and whose actions lead her to give up her exalted life to joinPages: 325 Abram, a member of a nomadic tribe and follower of the one true God.FIC HAL
Snow in August In 1940s Brooklyn, friendship between an 11-year-old Irish Catholic boy and an elderly Jewish rabbi might seem as unlikelyHamill, Pete as, well, snow in August. But the relationship between young Michael Devlin and Rabbi Judah Hirsch is only one of the manyPages: 384 miracles large and small contained in the novel. Michael finds himself in trouble when he witnesses the 17-year-old leader ofFIC HAM the dreaded Falcons gang beating an elderly shopkeeper, but Michael feels he must keep the secret.The Minister’s In 1645 in England during the English civil war, the daughters ofDaughter the town minister successfully accuse a local healer and her granddaughter of witchcraft to conceal an out-of-wedlockHearn, Julie pregnancy, but years later during the 1692 Salem trials their lie has unexpected repercussions.Pages: 263FIC HEACatch 22 A bombardier, based in Italy during World War II, repeatedly tries to avoid flying bombing missions while his colonel tries toHeller, Joseph get him killed by demanding that he fly more and more missions.Pages: 463 This book is a comedic attack on the rules that organizations make and self-centered people who make them. Its also aFIC HEL surprisingly poignant and powerful anti-war novel, one that questions the foundations of patriotism and obedience that lead soldiers to fight. It takes place in the heart of World War II.A Farewell to Arms A Farewell to Arms is one of Hemingways earliest novels. With much of the material loosely based on his own personalHemingway, Ernest experiences as an ambulance driver during World War I, the story captures in great detail the conflict in all of its horror andPages: 322 barbarism. The book invites us to imagine all of the brave soldiers who went into the war in search of glory. What theyFIC HEM found instead was the endless stalemate and hideous prospect of trench warfare.The Widow of the Carrie McGavock, The Widow of the South, took it upon herselfSouth to grieve the loss of so many young men in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee, which took place on November 30, 1864.Hicks, Robert Nine thousand men lost their lives that day. She and her husband John eventually re-buried on their own land 1,481Pages: 436 Confederate soldiers killed at Franklin, when the family that owned the land on which the original shallow graves had beenFIC HIC dug decided to plow it under and put it into cultivation.
The Kite Runner This book follows the story of Amir, a privileged boy living in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amirs fathers servant. AsHosseini, Khaled children, the boys are inseparable until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever, and eventuallyPages: 371 cements their bond in ways neither boy could have ever predicted. Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions andFIC HOS disloyalty. Returning back to his war-torn native land, Amir finds solace through ways he never would have expected.A Thousand This book is a breathtaking story set against the volatile eventsSplendid Suns of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to the post-Taliban rebuilding—thatHosseini, Khaled puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations ofPages: 372 characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise aFIC HOS family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.Les Miserables Taking place in 19th century France this is a story about Jean Valjean, a convict freshly out of prison after serving nineteenHugo, Victor years hard labor for stealing a loaf of bread. Bitter and angry, he became determined to have his revenge against society andPages: 1232 God. But an unthinkable act of mercy and generosity by a bishop drastically alters the path of Valjean’s life. From thatFIC HUG point on, Valjean determines to live as an honest man and raise Cosette whom he loves as his own daughter.The Distance from Mead parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and fought his wayNormandy to Germany, through some of the most brutal violence of World War II. But his most difficult battle was lost years later,Hull, Jonathan when his beloved wife Sophie succumbed to cancer. Since then, he has waged a private war against both loneliness andPages: 320 the terrible memory of a day in 1945 that went horribly wrong- and has haunted him ever since. His grandson Andrew, aFIC HUL scared and angry high school sophomore, has been expelled and is heading down a path of self-destruction. Mead agrees to take the boy in for three weeks, to set him right.Annie John A fictional account of a young girls coming of age in Antigua, from a doted upon childhood to an adolescence fraught withKincaid, Jamaica events and alliances leading her away from mutual complacent acceptance. It is the tale of a familys disintegration told fromPages: 148 the perspective of Annie, 10. The story revolves around Annies transformation from an adoring, obedient child toFIC KIN rebellious, hardheaded outcast within her own home. It is a classic love-hate tale where balance is somehow lost.
The Poisonwood In Belgium in 1959 Nathan, a Baptist preacher, and his familyBible have come to spread the Word in a remote village reachable only by airplane. To say that he and his family are woefullyKingsolver, Barbara unprepared would be an understatement. In addition to poisonous snakes, dangerous animals, and the hostility of thePages: 546 villagers to Nathans fiery take-no-prisoners brand of Christianity, there are also rebels in the jungle and the threatFIC KIN of war in the air.A Separate Peace Gene Forrester looks back fifteen years to a World War II year in which he and his best friend Phineas were roommates in aKnowles, John New Hampshire boarding school. Their friendship is marred by Finnys crippling fall, an event for which Gene is responsiblePages: 204 and one that eventually leads to tragedy.FIC HALThe Historian A young woman discovers an ancient book and a cache of old letters in her fathers library, and thus begins her adventurousKostova, Elizabeth quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, a search that will span continents and generations, and a confrontation with thePages: 676 darkest powers of evil. Kostova has three basic story lines–one from 1930, when Professor Rossi begins his dangerousFIC KOS research into Dracula, one from 1950, when Professor Rossis student takes up the scent, and the main narrative from 1972.Ashes In 1932 Berlin, thirteen-year-old Gaby Schramm witnesses the beginning of Hitlers rise to power, as soldiers becomeLasky, Kathryn ubiquitous, her beloved literature teacher starts wearing a jeweled swastika pin, and the familys dear friend, AlbertPages: 309 Einstein, leaves the country while Gabys parents secretly bury his books and papers in their small yard. This book portraysFIC LAS the steady change that occurred in countries and communities during Hitler’s reign of power.When Crickets Cry On the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town, a spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonadeMartin, Charles stand. Her latest customer drains his cup and heads to his car, his mind on other things. But the little girls pretty yellow dressPages: 336 cant quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And theFIC MAR beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the path of both their lives.
Purple Heart While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-oldMcCormick, soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to himPatricia and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali. Matt just wants to go back to being the soldier he once was. But he livesPages: 224 in fear of not being able to pull the trigger when the time comes. In combat, Matt soon discovers that the notion of whoFIC MCC is right or wrong is very complicated indeed.The Bridges at Story of the men of a naval task force operating in the icyToko-Ri waters off the Korean shore with a vital mission to perform; to destroy with jet bombers the heavily guarded bridge at Toko-riMichener, James A. and thus to stop essential supplies from moving to the Communist front lines. Young and innocent, the soldiers camePages: 126 to a place they had barely heard of and prepared for war. They were American fighter pilots, trained but frightened, facing anFIC MIC enemy they couldnt understand, and waging a war they had to win.Gone With the The story of Scarlett OHara, the spoiled and selfish daughter ofWind a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War sweep away the life for whichMitchell, Margaret her upbringing had prepared her. This book gives an account of the ugly end of the gallant “Old South” and a post-warPages: 719 description of the south while giving readers one of the best love stories ever written.FIC MARComing of Age in Born to a poor couple in Mississippi, Anne Moody lived throughMississippi some of the most dangerous days of the pre-civil rights era in the South. An all-A student whose dream of going to college isMoody, Anne realized when she wins a basketball scholarship. She has first- hand experience of the demonstrations and sit-ins that werePages:384 the mainstay of the civil rights movement. This autobiography lets us see history in the making, through the eyes of one ofFIC MOO the footsoldiers in the civil rights movement.Beloved In the troubled years following the Civil War, the spirit of a murdered child haunts the Ohio home of a former slave. ThisMorrison, Toni angry, destructive ghost breaks mirrors, leaves its fingerprints in cake icing, and generally makes life difficult for Sethe andPages: 321 her family; nevertheless, the woman finds the haunting oddly comforting for the spirit is that of her own dead baby, neverFIC MOR named, only thought of as Beloved.
Fallen Angels Set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, Fallen Angelsis the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteersMyers, Walter for the service when his dream of attending college fallsDean through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare.Pages: 309 But violence and death arent the only hardships as Perry struggles to come to terms with why the U.S. is there at all.FIC MYEThe Things They A gripping series of Vietnam stories gathered in a format ofCarried OBriens devising. It is not a collection of short stories, but it is not one story with a beginning and an ending. It is perhapsO’Brien, Tim closest to listening to a soldier storyteller over a long period of time. While you listen to his stories, you hear a bit of thePages: 246 author’s personal life; he uses repetition of events and certain phrases to reinforce familiarity with the tales.FIC OBRBamboo People A Burmese boy soldier and an ethnic Karenni refugee narrate a thrilling jungle survival story about war along the MyanmarPerkins, Mitali border. In an unsparing novel for middle-grade readers, Perkins sorts out the boys’ complicated feelings about revenge, justice,Pages: 272 freedom and loyalty. The title metaphor honors the strength and flexibility that individuals need when their simplest hopesFIC PER are thwarted by geopolitical hatred.The Chosen Recounts the story of ReuvenMalter and Danny Saunders – one an orthodox Jew, the other the son of a Hasidic rabbi--and thePotok, Chaim course of their friendship as they grow up in Brooklyn. Despite their differences, they negotiate adolescence, family conflicts,Pages: 272 the crisis of faith engendered when Holocaust stories begin to emerge in the U.S., loss, love, and the journey to adulthood.FIC POTMy Jim Ex-slave Sadie Watson reveals to her granddaughter her experiences while in bondage and the love she had for herRawles, Nancy husband, Jim, who escaped down the Mississippi with Huck Finn when he learned he was to be sold.Pages: 190FIC RAW
In My Father’s For two sisters growing up surrounded by the Civil War, thereHouse is conflict both outside and inside their home as their new step father’s beliefs contradict that of their late biological father’s.Rinaldi, Ann This book is about love, family loyalty and the conflict between the “Old South” and the “New South.” It gives a rare accountPages: 336 of what it might have been like as a woman during the Civil War period in the southern United States.FIC RINScarlett A sequel to Gone With the Wind, this book makes you come back to Tara . . . to Scarlett and Rhett . . . and to the greatestRipley, Alexandra love story in all fiction. This is the book whose initial publication was an instant sensation: selling out immediately,Pages: 823 setting new records, and enthralling readers all over the world. This is the book everyone wants to read, savor and enjoyFIC RIPThe Plot Against A novel that imagines what might have happened in America,America particularly to one Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey, had Charles Lindbergh won the 1940 presidential election ratherRoth, Philip than Franklin Roosevelt and acted upon his anti-Semitic leanings.Pages: 391FIC ROTEsperanza Rising Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps ofRyan, Pam Munoz Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of thePages: 262 Great Depression.FIC RYAPeony in Love In post-Ming dynasty China, Peony, a young girl betrothed to someone she has never met, observes a handsome man whileSee, Lisa hidden from view at a performance of the opera "The Peony Pavilion"--a work that has compelled young Chinese women toPages: 284 starve themselves to death – and, dead at sixteen, begins a transformative journey as a "hungry ghost."FIC SEE
Snow Flower and Set in remote 19th-century China details the deeply affectingthe Secret Fan story of lifelong, intimate friends Lily and Snow Flower, their imprisonment by rigid codes of conduct for women and theirSee, Lisa betrayal by pride and love. Beginning with a detailed and heartbreaking description of Lily and her sisters foot bindingPages: 276 the story widens to a vivid portrait of family and village life.FIC SEERise to Rebellion A historical novel that chronicles the story of the American Revolution and the men and women who forged the nation,Shaara, Jeff covering events from the Boston Massacre to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The story is told from thePages: 492 perspective of a handful of characters well known from our history books. Richly embroidered with such heroes as PatrickFIC SHA Henry, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Thomas Jefferson, the book chronicles Americas plunge toward liberty.The Guernsey The letters comprising this small charming novel begin in 1946,Literary and Potato when single, 30-something author Juliet Ashton (nom de plumePeal Pie Society Izzy Bickerstaff) writes to her publisher to say she is tired of covering the sunny side of war and its aftermath. WhenShaffer, Mary Ann Guernsey farmer Dawsey Adams finds Juliets name in a used book and invites articulate—and not-so-articulate—neighborsPages: 290 to write Juliet with their stories, the books epistolary circle widens, putting Juliet back in the path of war stories.FIC SHABalzac and the Two boys, moved to the country for "re-education" as part ofLittle Chinese Maos Cultural Revolution, find little to amuse them, but thingsSeamstress change when they discover a stash of Western classics in Chinese translation and use the stories of Balzac to capture theDai, Sijie attention of the beautiful daughter of the local tailor.Pages: 197FIC DAIThe Jungle This book describes the conditions of the Chicago stockyards through the eyes of a young immigrant struggling in America.Sinclair, Upton It is one of a handful of books throughout all of history which have encapsulated the crying voices of the oppressed. WhilePages: 349 many readers and politicians at the time of its publication (and since) have focused on the intolerable conditions in whichFIC SIN American food products were produced, the major thrust in "The Jungle" is in regards to the ill-treatment of our workers.
A Tree Grows in Young Francie Nolan, having inherited both her fathersBrooklyn romantic and her mothers practical nature, struggles to survive and thrive growing up in the slums of Brooklyn in theSmith, Betty early twentieth century. Like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, resourceful FranciePages: 493 struggles against all odds to survive and thrive.FIC SMIEast of Eden The saga of three generations of the Trask and Hamilton families in the early 1900s in Northern California. It is aSteinbeck, John symbolic recreation of the biblical story of Cain and Abel woven into a history of Salinas Valley, California. Spanning thePages: 602 period between the American Civil War and the end of World War I, the novel highlights the conflicts of two generations ofFIC STE brothers; the first being the kind, gentle Adam Trask and his wild brother Charles.The Grapes of Taking place during the great depression, this book chroniclesWrath the struggles of the Joad familys life on a failing Oklahoma farm, their difficult journey to California, and theirSteinbeck, John disillusionment once they arrive there and fall prey to a parasitic economic system. The insularity of the Joads – MasPages: 455 obsession with family togetherness, son Toms self- centeredness, and daughter Rose of Sharons materialism –FIC STE ultimately gives way to a sense of universal community.The Help Skeeter returns home to Mississippi from college in 1962 and begins to write stories about the African-American women thatStockett, Kathryn are found working in white households, which includes Aibileen, who grieves for the loss of her son while caring forPages: 451 her seventeenth white child, and Minny, Aibileens sassy friend, the hired cook for a secretive woman who is new to town.FIC STOUncle Tom’s Cabin Presents the controversial novel, published in 1852, in which author Harriet Beecher Stowe offers an indictment of the pre-Stowe, Harriet Civil War South through the story of Uncle Tom, an elderlyBeecher slave who maintains his human dignity in the face of cruelty, suffering, and death. Tom is actually one of AmericanPages: 515 literature’s first African-American heroes, a man who suffers for refusing to obey his white oppressors.FIC STO
Chasing Lincoln’s The YA version of Swansons bestselling Manhunt, this accountKiller of Lincolns assassination and the 12-day search for his killer reads like a historical thriller, no matter that the narrativeSwanson, James jumps among its locations and characters. As President Lincoln delivers victory speeches in April 1865, an enraged John WilkesPages: 208 Booth vows death: "Now, by God, Ill put him through." Every bit of dialogue is said to come from original sources, adding aFIC SWA chill to the already disturbing conspiracy.Cane River A fact-based novel in which the author draws upon her own family history to trace four generations of African-AmericanTademy, Lalita women from slavery on a Creole plantation to the pre-civil rights South. To enable the slow but steady advance of theirPages: 529 clan, the black women of Cane River plot, plead, deceive, and manipulate their way through history in order to survive.FIC TADRed River They are men whose lives began in slavery, who weathered the Civil War, and who grappled with the contradictions ofTademy, Lalita emancipation through the turbulent years of Reconstruction. Portraying the lives of the families who dwell in The Bottom, aPages: 432 poor settlement just down Red River from Colfax, Louisiana, the story begins with a heart-wrenching battle for the ColfaxFIC TAD courthouse and goes on to show the struggle for freedom in the deep south.The Friendship On a hot and humid in 1933 Mississippi four children witness the confrontation between two friends, elderly African-Taylor, Mildred American man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi as they test their friendship against a backdrop of racism and peerPages: 53 pressure. An explosive confrontation takes place when Tom Bee greets the John Wallace by his first name. A group ofFIC TAY witnesses heckle Wallace allowing Bee to greet him this way.The Gold Cadillac Two African-American girls living in the North are proud of their familys beautiful new Cadillac until they take it on a visitTaylor, Mildred to the deep South and encounter racial prejudice for the first time in communities poisoned by racial segregation and otherPages: 43 manifestations of racism. `Lois, the protagonist, gives readers a first-person narrative which allows readers to understand theFIC TAY youthful perspective on the dehumanizing intentions of racism.
The Land Paul-Edward, the son of a part-Indian, part-African slave mother and a White plantation owner father, finds himselfTaylor, Mildred caught between the two worlds of his parents as he pursues his dream of owning land in the aftermath of the Civil War. ThePages: 375 author’s portrayal of a person being caught between black and white worlds and not fitting into either one presents readersFIC TAY with a dilemma that was ever-present in the deep south at this time in history.Let the Circle be Four black children growing up in rural Mississippi during theUnbroken Depression experience racial antagonisms and hard times and, through them, readers can see what it was like to be black andTaylor, Mildred powerless during that time in history. The children learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survivePages: 394 and keep their dignity. Intertwining actual historical events, this book allows readers to learn about history while reading aFIC TAY storyline that maintains intensity and emotion.Mississippi Bridge During a heavy rainstorm in 1930s rural Mississippi, a ten-year- old white boy sees a bus driver order all the black passengersTaylor, Mildred off a crowded bus to make room for late-arriving white passengers and then set off across the raging Rosa Lee River.Pages: 62 This is a story in which a tragic accident clearly dispenses a bittersweet justice in that world of prejudice without takingFIC TAY away the readers sympathy for the victims.The Road to In 1941 a black youth, sadistically teased by two white boys inMemphis rural Mississippi, severely injures one of them with a tire iron and enlists a member of the Logan family to help in trying toTaylor, Mildred flee the state. A sequence of events including pregnancy, death, the intrusion of Pearl Harbor, and World War II wreakPages: 290 havoc on the Logan family, they are faced with possible separation from each other. Drawing upon their strength as aFIC TAY family and the support of their community, the Logan’s fight for survival.Song of the Trees With the depression bearing down on her family and food in short supply, Cassie Logan isnt sure where her next meal willTaylor, Mildred come from, but there is one thing that she knows will always be there-the whispering trees outside her window. The LoganPages: 290 family, being deeply attached to the forest on their land, tries to save it from being cut down by an unscrupulous white man.FIC TAY This is a story of strength and pride and love of the land.
The Well During a drought in 1910, 10-year-old David Logans family has the only working well in their part of Mississippi. His familyTaylor, Mildred generously shares their well water with both white and African-American neighbors in an atmosphere of potentialPages: 92 racial violence, but white teenager Charlie Simms tests their generosity, forcing Davids older brother into a fight resulting inFIC TAY extra work on the farm.Adventures of Huck Finn, the son of the town drunk, and Jim, an escapedHuckleberry Finn slave, make a break for freedom down the vast Mississippi River on a raft. This book tells the story of a teenaged misfitTwain, Mark who finds himself having one of the greatest adventures of all time. In the course of their perilous journey, Huck and JimPages: 244 meet adventure, danger, and a cast of characters who are sometimes menacing and often hilarious.FIC TWAMila 18 A handful of men and women in the Warsaw ghetto, knowing they will almost certainly die, gather their meager resources toUris, Leon stage a revolt against the Nazis armed with only homemade weapons, bare hands, and courage. The books title refers toPages: 563 the address of the Jewish resistance headquarters, and the place of much of the action and confrontation in the latter halfFIC URI of the story.The Devil’s 12-year-old Hannah resents the traditions of her JewishArithmetic heritage until she is transported back in time to a small Polish 1940s Nazi-occupied village. There she experiences the veryYolen, Jane horrors that had embarrassed and annoyed her when her elders related their Holocaust experiences. As she and herPages: 170 family are transported to the camp she endures inhumane treatment and thus learns the importance of rememberingFIC YOL such a catastrophic and terrible time in history.The Book Thief Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death tells the story of Liesel--a young German girl as she manages toZusak, Markus evoke glimpses of pleasure using her stolen books and story- telling skills despite the repressing nature of the Nazi régime.Pages: 552 Liesel helps sustain the sanity of her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.FIC ZUS
HumorGeektastic From Trekkers to science geeks, Buffy fanatics to Dungeon Masters, nerds of all persuasions are sure to find themselves inBlack, Holly (editor) the pages of this anthology. A compilation of short stories, each story is followed by a comic-book-style illustration offeringPages: 403 information or advice such as "What Your Instrument Says About You" and "How to Look Cool and Not Drool in Front ofFIC GEE Your Favorite Author." Simultaneously addressing the isolation and loneliness that geeks can feel as well as the sense of camaraderie and community that can be found.The Amazing Joe Kavalier has managed to escape from Nazi-occupiedAdventures of Prague, and now he must use his cunning wits to help rescueKavalier and Clay his family from Hitlers evil plans. Complete with golems and magic and miraculous escapes and evil nemeses and evenChabon, Michael hand-to-hand Antarctic battle, it pursues the most important questions of love and war, dreams and art, across pagesPages: 639 brimming with longing and hope.FIC CHALast Call After being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, 55-year-old Hayden MacBride decides to take control of his situation byPedersen, Laura plotting his final days. Haydens approach changes when he meets a kindred spirit named Rosamond Rogers who is railingPages: 320 noisily against the injustice of her inoperable lung cancer. Hayden takes a shine to her, and convinces her to ditch theFIC PED hospital and join him and Joey at a baseball game, where he discovers something unexpected about her.A Confederacy of The story is set in New Orleans in the early 1960s. The centralDunces character is Ignatius J. Reilly, an educated but slothful 30-year- old man still living with his mother in the citys UptownToole, John neighborhood, who, due to an incident early in the book, mustKennedy set out to get a job. In his quest for employment he has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters.Pages:FIC TOO
Non-FictionAmerican Sniper From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. TheKyle, Chris Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined toPages: 381 verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan92 KYL (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.Parallel Journeys The true story of two very different people who lived through World War II. Helen Waterford, a Jewish young woman wasAyer, Eleanor already married with a child when she went into hiding in Amsterdam. Alfons Heck was just a boy when the war began.Pages: 256 By the wars end, he was a high-ranking officer in the Hitler Youth. This books shows the complexities of growing up943.086 AYE during World War II and how different two children’s’ lives can be even being from the same area.A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah describes his experiences after he was driven from his home by war in Sierra Leone and picked up by theBeah, Ishmael government army at the age of thirteen, serving as a soldier for three years before being removed from fighting by UNICEFPages: 229 and eventually moving to the United States.92 BEAFlyboys Examines the disappearance of eight American airmen shot down and taken prisoner on the remote island of Chichi JimaBradley, James in World War II and the secrecy that surrounded the events for decades, and discusses the violence inflicted by both sidesPages: 398 in the Pacific war. The book keeps its eye on the aviators- growing up under a variety of conditions before the war,940.54 BRA entering service, serving as the U. S. Navys spearhead aboard the fast carriers, or facing captivity and death.Running with The author chronicles his life from age twelve to sixteen, livingScissors in the bizarre home of his mothers psychiatrist, where he was sexually abused by the doctors thirty-three-year-old adoptedBurroughs, son. Dealing with issues such as being the son of an alcoholicAugusten father and an unstable mother, sexual abuse, and others, this memoir is not your average coming of age story.Pages: 31592 BUR
In Cold Blood On November 15, 1959, in Holcomb, Kansas, the four members of the Clutter family were dragged from their bedsCapote, Truman in the early hours of the morning and tied up. All four were shot in the head with a shotgun at close range. None survived.Pages: 343 The killers left few clues, and there was no apparent motive for the slayings. This book recreates the slaying of the Clutter364.15 CAP family of Kansas, and the capture, trial, and execution of their murderers.Nickel and Dimed Funny, poignant, and passionate, this revelatory firsthand account of life in low-wage America. This book reveals theEhrenreich, story of Barbara Ehrenreich’s attempts to eke out a livingBarbara while working as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart associate.Pages: 256305.56 EHRDiary of a Young An inspirational story of the hardships of World War II in theGirl viewpoint of a 13 year old Jewish girl in hiding during The Holocaust. In her diary, Anne Frank shares her thoughts,Frank, Anne feelings and insights about the many issues and conflicts in the warehouse where her own family and another family hid forPages: 283 two years. Annes diary entries show her growing, maturing from a girl to a woman, and experiencing new emotions such92 FRA as love and courage.The World is Flat Contains an overview of the global political and economic change since the turn of the twenty-first century, discussingFreidman, Thomas the rapid developments in technologies that has allowed India and China to become part of a growing supply chain ofPages: 660 manufacturing impacting global markets.303.48 FRELetters to a Bullied Olivia Gardner, a northern California teenager, was severelyGirl taunted and cyber-bullied by her classmates for more than two years. News of her bullying spread, eventually reachingGardner, Olivia two teenage girls from a neighboring town, sisters Emily and Sarah Buder. The girls were so moved by Olivias story thatPages: 240 they initiated a letter-writing campaign to help lift her spirits. It was a tender gesture of solidarity that set off an302.3 GAR overwhelming chain reaction of support, encouragement, and love.
Cheaper by the Presents a memoir by two siblings from the Gilbreth clan inDozen which they look at the lives of their parents, Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth, discuss Frank and LilliansGilbreth, Frank B. careers as industrial engineers and work with scientific management, and share the adventures the couplePages: 207 encountered raising a family of twelve children.920 GILThe Hungry Ocean The term “fisherwoman” does not exactly roll trippingly off the tongue, and Linda Greenlaw, the worlds only femaleGreenlaw, Linda swordfish boat captain, isnt flattered when people insist on calling her one. This book tracks her month long sword fishingPages: 265 trip over 1,000 nautical miles out to sea. It shows what happens when things go right – proving, in the process, that639.27 GRE every successful voyage is a narrowly averted disaster.Roots This book tells of the two-century drama of KuntaKinte and the six generations who came after him. By tracing back hisHaley, Alex own roots, Haley tells the story of 39 million Americans of African descent. He has rediscovered for an entire people aPages:899 rich cultural heritage that ultimately speaks to all races everywhere, for the story it tells is one of the most eloquent920 HAL testimonials ever written to the indomitability of the human spirit.Rocket Boys Homer Hickam, a NASA engineer, recounts his childhood in Coalwood, a West Virginia mining town, and discusses hisHickam, Homer dreams of launching rockets into outer space, and how he made those dreams come true. decided in 1957 to build hisPages: 368 own rockets. They were his ticket out of Coalwood; a mining town that everyone knew was dying.92 HICThe Perfect Storm It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high – a tempest created by so rare aJunger, Sebastian combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm." This book illuminates a world ofPages: 227 swordfishermen consumed by the dangerous but lucrative trade of offshore fishing. It recreates the last moments of the974.4 JUN Andrea Gail crew and recounts the daring high-seas rescues that made heroes of some and victims of others.
Into Thin Air The author relates his own experience of climbing Mount Everest during its deadliest season and examines what it isKrakauer, Jon about the mountain that makes people willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense.Pages: 333796.52 KRAShadow Divers This journalistic narrative tells of John Chatterton and Rich Kohler, two deep-sea wreck divers who in 1991 dove to aKurson, Robert mysterious wreck lying at the perilous depth of 230 feet, off the coast of New Jersey. Both had a philosophy of excellingPages: 375 and pushing themselves to the limit; both needed all their philosophy and fitness to proceed once they had identified the940.54 KUR wreck as a WWII U-boat.Devil in the White Tells the parallel stories of Daniel Burnham, the main architectCity of the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair, and serial killer Henry H. Holmes, discussing the challenges Burnham faced in creatingLarson, Erik the hugely successful White City, and looking at how Holmes used the opportunities afforded by the fair to lure victims toPages: 447 their deaths.364.152 LARBrave Companions MuCullough culls the last few centuries for extraordinary men and women whose names might vaguely trigger a bell, butMcCollough, David whose achievements and courage have mostly been forgottPages: 240920 MCC - , and others.Angela’s Ashes The author chronicles his impoverished childhood in Limerick, Ireland, in the 1930s and 1940s, describing his fathersMcCourt, Frank alcoholism and talent for storytelling; the challenges and tragedies his mother faced, including the loss of threePages: 363 children; and his early experiences in the Catholic church, and balances painful memories with humor. He recounts the92 MCC painful loss of his siblings to avoidable sickness and hunger, and the stench of the sewage-strewn streets that ran outside the front door.
1776 The story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence –McCullough, David when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have beenPages: 386 dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper. Based on973.3 MCC American and British archives, 1776 is a powerful drama written with extraordinary narrative vitality. It is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color who turned into soldiers.To Hell and Back A republication of the classic World War II memoir, originally published in 1949, in which Audie Murphy recounts hisMurphy, Audie experiences fighting with the infantry in Europe, emerging as Americas most decorated soldier, having received twenty-onePages: 274 medals, including our highest military decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor. His memoir of the war is a92 MUR classic having been awarded almost every medal the Army could offer as well as the Congressional Medal of Honor.Reading Lolita in The author presents a memoir of her life in post-revolutionaryTehran Iran. In 1995, after resigning from her job as a professor at a university in Tehran due to repressive policies, AzarNafisiNafisi, Azar invited seven of her best female students to attend a weekly study of great Western literature in her home. Since the booksPages: 380 they read were officially banned by the government, the women were forced to meet in secret, often sharing820.9 NAF photocopied pages of the illegal novels.My Brother’s Voice Stephen "Pista" Nasser was 13 years old when the Nazis whisked him and his family away from their home in HungaryNasser, Stephen to Auschwitz. His memories of that terrifying experience are still vivid, and his love for his brother Andris is everlastingPages: 232 remembers the terrible ordeal they endured together. Stephens account of the Holocaust, told in the refreshingly940.531 NAS direct and optimistic language of a young boy, will help every reader to understand the Holocaust.Truth and Beauty Ann Patchett tells the story of her friendship with fellow author Lucy Grealy chronologically, in bursts of dialogue,Patchett, Ann memory and snippets of Grealys letters, moving from the unfolding of their deep connection in graduate school and intoPages: 257 the more turbulent waters beyond. Later, when adulthood brought success, but also heartbreak and drug addiction, the362.196 PAT duo continued to be intertwined, even though their link sometimes seemed to fray.
The Last Lecture Made famous by his Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon and the quick Internet proliferation of the video of the event, PauschPausch, Randy decided that maybe he just wasnt done lecturing. Despite being several months into the last stage of pancreatic cancer,Pages: 224 he managed to put together this book. The crux of it is lessons and morals for his young and infant children to learn once he004 PAU is gone.A Child Called “It” David J. Pelzers mother, Catherine Roerva, was, he writes in this ghastly, fascinating memoir, a devoted den mother to thePelzer, David Cub Scouts in her care, and somewhat nurturant to her children--but not to David, whom she referred to as "an It."Pages: 184 This book is a brief, horrifying account of the bizarre tortures she inflicted on him, told from the point of view of the author92 PEL as a young boy.Letters to a Young The letters were originally written to Franz Kappus, a 19-year-Poet old student at the Military Academy of Vienna, of which Rilke was an alumnus. Discouraged by the prospect of military life,Rilke, Rainer Maria Kappus began to send his poetry to the 27-year-old Rilke, seeking both literary criticism and career advice. TheirPages: 76 correspondence lasted from 1902 to 1908. In 1929, three years after Rilkes death, Kappus assembled and published the831 RIL ten letters.Fast Food Nation Presents an examination of the fast food industry, tracing its history and discussing how it arose in postwar America, as wellSchlosser, Eric as the impact it has had on economy, food production, and popular culture.Pages: 383394.1 SCHMe Talk Pretty One David Sedaris describes the struggles he has had in life due toDay his voice problems, discussing how his voice has affected his personal relationships, his career, and his family life.Sedaris, DavidPages: 272814 SED
Men to Match My Men to Match My Mountains is a true historical masterpiece,Mountains an unforgettable pageant of giants-men like John Sutter, whose dream of paradise was shattered by the California GoldStone, Irving Rush; Brigham Young and the Mormons who tamed the desert with Bible texts; and the silver kings and the miners whoPages: 459 developed Nevadas Comstock Lode and settled the Rockies. America called for greatness ... and got it. There is nothing else979 STO in history to match the stories of these men who braved a wilderness to bring a new nation to the shores of the Pacific.The Hiding Place The memoirs of a Dutch woman who was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp during World War II as a result of herTen Boom, Corrie activities in the anti-Nazi underground. During World War II, Corrie Ten Boom and her family risked their lives to help JewsPages: 241 escape the Nazis, and their reward was a trip to Hitlers concentration camps. But she survived and was released and92 TEN now shares the story of how faith triumphs over evil.My Life and Hard Widely hailed as one of the finest humorist of the twentiethTimes century, James Thurber looks back at his own life growing up in Columbus, Ohio, with the same humor and sharp wit thatThurber, James defined his famous sketches and writings. In My Life and Hard times, first published in 1933, he recounts the delightful chaosPages: 106 and frustrations of family, boyhood, youth odd dogs, recalcitrant machinery, and the foibles of human nature.92 THU
Science Fiction/SupernaturalRobopocalypse Not far into our future, the dazzling technology that runs our world turns against us. Controlled by a childlike—yet massivelyWilson, Daniel powerful—artificial intelligence known as Archos, the global network of machines on which our world has grown dependentPages: 368 suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe. At Zero Hour— the moment the robots attack—the human race is almostFIC WIL annihilated, but as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined effort to fight back.Everneath Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life,Ashton, Brodi her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before thePages: 370 Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if itFIC ASH exists.The Hitchhiker’s Construction workers arrive at Arthur Dents house, in order toGuide to the Galaxy demolish it to make way for a bypass. His friend, Ford Prefect, arrives while Arthur is lying in front of the bulldozers, to keepAdams, Douglas them from demolishing it. He tries to explain to Arthur that he is actually from a planet somewhere in the vicinity ofPages: 216 Betelgeuse and that the Earth is about to be destroyed. Seconds before Earth is demolished, Ford saves Arthur, andFIC ADA together they journey through the galaxy.Kit’s Wilderness It seems fated that 13-year-old Christopher Watson, nicknamed Kit, would move to Stoneygate, an old English coal-miningAlmond, David village where his ancestors lived, worked, and died. The drama unfolds as the haunted, hulking, dark-eyed John Askew drawsPages: 229 Kit and other classmates into the game of Death, a spin-the- knife, pretend-to-die game that he hosts in a deep hole dug inFIC PED the earth, with candles, bones, and carved pictures of the children of the old families of Stoneygate.Thirsty Chris has problems; bickering, divorce-bound parents, a domineering older brother, and his best friends becomingAnderson, M. T. estranged. Overshadowing everything is the fact that Chris, is becoming a vampire. The good people of his MassachusettsPages: 237 town are almost inured to the murders committed by vampires. Yet violent mobs shortcut justice with stake-through-FIC AND the-heart lynchings. As Chriss blood lust grows, hes increasingly challenged to hide his transformation.
Feed This book is set in a future world where television and computers are connected directly into peoples brains whenAnderson, M. T. they are babies. The result is a chillingly recognizable consumer society where empty-headed kids are driven by fashion andPages: shopping and the avid pursuit of silly entertainment – even on trips to Mars and the moon – and by constant customizedFIC AND murmurs in their brains of encouragement to buy, buy, buy.The Handmaid’s In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right-Tale type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is aAtwood, Margaret feminists nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste,Pages: 311 childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to theFIC ATW "morally fit" Wives.The Brief History of The City, where the recently departed reside as long as they arethe Dead remembered by the living, is home to Kuka Sims, who prints the Citys only newspaper, Coleman Kinzler, a vagrant whoBrockmeier, Kevin speaks the word of God, and Marion and Philip Byrd, who find themselves falling in love once again, all of whom arePages: 252 remembered by Laura Byrd, whose own time is running out.FIC BROCounter Clockwise When Nathans mother is hit by a bus in London, his father struggles with the tragedy and disappears through theCockcroft, Jason bathroom wall to travel back in time and prevent her death; Nathan, with help from a Beefeater named Bartelby, tries toPages: 202 prevent his father from changing the future.FIC COCRebecca A novel of mystery and passion, a dark psychological tale of secrets and betrayal, dead loves and an estate calledDu Maurier, Manderley that is as much a presence as the humans whoDaphne inhabit it. Manderley is filled with memories of the elegant and flamboyant Rebecca, the first Mrs. DeWinter. Rebecca may bePages: 357 physically dead, but she is a force to contend with.FIC DU
The House of the In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys specialScorpion status as the young clone of El Patron, the one hundred forty- two-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled betweenFarmer, Nancy Mexico and the United States. Fields of white opium poppies stretch away over the hills, and uniformed workers bend overPages: 400 the rows, harvesting the juice. Gradually he realizes the fate that is in store for him, and with the help of Tam Lin, hisFIC FAR Scottish bodyguard, he tries to escape.The Secret Life of In Lily Dale, New York, a community dedicated to the religion ofSparrow Delaney Spiritualism, tenth-grader Sparrow Delaney, the youngest daughter in an eccentric family of psychics, agonizes overHarper, Suzanne whether or not to reveal her special abilities in order to help a friend.Pages: 364FIC HARBrave New World "Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxleys utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams ofHuxley, Aldous soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a moviePages: 259 that stimulates the senses. Though there seems to be no problems, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and sensesFIC HUX his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow.Never Let Me Go Through the voice of thirty-one-year-old Kathy, along with old friends from school, are forced to face the truth about theirIshiguro, Kazuo childhood at Hailsham. All children should believe they are special. But the students of Hailsham, an elite school in thePages: 288 English countryside, are so special that visitors shun them, and only by rumor and the occasional fleeting remark by a teacherFIC ISH do they discover their unconventional origins and strange destiny.Gossamer Readers first meet the dream-givers as they creep around a dark house in the middle of the night where an old woman andLowry, Lois a dog named Toby are sleeping. Littlest is very small, new to the work, energetic and curious. Fastidious is tired, impatient,Pages: 176 and had a headache. Littlest is soon paired with a new partner, Thin Elderly, who is a much better guide and teacher thanFIC LOW Fastidious was. They are benevolent beings who visit humans (and pets, too) at night.
The Host A species of altruistic parasites has peacefully assumed control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but feisty MelanieMeyer, Stephanie Stryder wont surrender her mind to the alien soul called Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanies memories of fellowPages: 619 resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her bodys longing and sets off into the desert to find him. Likely the first love triangleFIC MEY involving just two bodies.Hero Thom, the teenage son of a fallen superhero who seems to be linked to his mothers disappearance, joins the League andMoore, Perry finds himself dealing with confusing sexual feelings for the hero Uberman while learning to use his powers and moving towardPages: 428 the truth about his mothers disappearance.FIC MOO1984 Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwells nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic worldOrwell, George and one poor stiffs attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwells prescience of modern life – the ubiquityPages: 268 of television, the distortion of the language--and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading forFIC ORW students since it was published. It ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.Virals Tory is the science-obsessed niece of a famous forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan, living on a remote islandReichs, Kathy off the coast of South Carolina. An old military ID tag leads Tory and her best friends, Ben, Hi, and Shelton – all self proclaimedPages: 454 “sci-philes” – to an illegal research lab, where they are exposed to a mutant strain of canine parvovirus. When the teens beginFIC REI experiencing preternatural physical changes, their search for answers brings them in contact with cold-blooded killers.Across the Amy, having been cryogenically frozen and placed onboard aUniverse spaceship which was supposed to land on a distant planet three hundred years in the future, is unplugged fifty years tooRevis, Beth early and finds herself stuck inside an enclosed world ruled by a tyrannical leader and his rebellious teenage heir and confusedPages: 398 about who to trust and why someone is trying to kill her.FIC REV
The Forest of Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeksHands and Teeth knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell theRyan, Carrie unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.Pages: 310FIC RYAImpossible On the night of her prom, Lucy, 17, is raped by her date and becomes pregnant. She decides to keep the child, and she isWerlin, Nancy supported by her foster parents and Zach, her childhood friend. The teen discovers the curse on the women in her family whenPages: she reads her birth mothers diary. Lucy is destined for madness at 18 unless she can perform the three impossibleFIC WER tasks described in the song and break the curse of the Elfin Knight.A Certain Slant of Helen, who has been dead for 130 years, describes what itsLight like to live as Light, clinging to a human host, then reentering an empty human body and becoming physically andWhitcomb, Laura emotionally attuned to the world. Helen is startled when she realizes that a student in her hosts English class can see her.Pages: 282 James, too, is Light, but he has taken over the body of Billy, who almost overdosed on drugs.FIC WHIElsewhere Although Liz is maturing, coping with disappointments, and controlling her anger, she is getting younger. Having been killedZevin, Gabrielle by a hit and run driver, she now lives in Elsewhere with the grandmother who died before she was born. After death, thePages: 275 residents get younger until they become babies and are reborn onto Earth again.FIC ZEV Before I Wake Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks, Vincent, Rachel she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human Pages: 346 world, struggling to fit in with her friends and boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen FIC VIN souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed.
2312 The year is 2312, and scientific and technological advances allowsRobinson, Kim for people to live on the planet, Mercury. Swan Er Hong is a designer and creator of worlds, but after some events, she may bePages: 561 forced to destroy them.FIC ROB